Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh could be axed from ‘The X Factor’

Reality show's executive producer promises a huge shake up on the next series

The X Factor‘s judging panel could be set to be axed.

The show’s executive producer Richard Holloway said Simon Cowell is the only current judge who is certain to remain on the panel for the next series.

“It is safe to sat Simon is staying,” he told The Mirror.

“There will be some exciting changes. The name of the show will stay the same but we are looking at format and the judges. There will be some surprises this year. But I can’t go into detail.”

He refused to say whether Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh will be returning to the show.

The judging panel for this year’s series is due to be confirmed in May.

Holloway added that he feels changes are necessary to keep the show fresh after 10 years on air, and said that he “would love to beat” the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in the ratings.

“We have been making the show for 10 years and to make it popular you have to refresh the show,” he said. “You need to look at every aspect and move with the times.

“There is an ongoing battle with Strictly. On overall volume they beat us last year. It has been a few years since we beat them on overall volume.

“It is quite interesting, the split of the audience. It is very defined.”

Meanwhile, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has criticised the music industry for over-sexualising women.